Designer Days 2013. Photo courtesy of NCJW

No need to feel guilty about shopping at this event. Your money goes to a good cause at The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section’s Designer Days, say the organizers.

“Shop for fantastic designer items at unbelievable prices knowing that the proceeds are supporting initiatives and community advocacy of the NCJW,” as NCJW Pittsburgh Section Executive Director Andrea Glickman points out.

The group is launching Spring Designer Days April 24-27 at the NCJW Home Consignment Store,  in  Swissvale.

Photo courtesy of NCJW

New and gently used discount designer labels will be offered, such as Armani, Michael Kors, Tahari, Escada, Lafayette 148, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Donna Degnan, Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman. The Spring Designer Days is in addition to their annual fall Designer Days, which will be held November 6-9 at the Home Consignment store. The fall event attracts thousands of shoppers.

The NCJW and The Jewish Women’s Foundation are collaborating fundraising efforts for The Center for Women, which works to ensure women in the community are able to achieve and maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency. The Center launched in 2013.

At the spring sale, shoppers can find new and gently-worn clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry for men, women and children—which were collected by NCJW volunteers all year long.

“Everything that we sell is donated from the community,” says NCJW Pittsburgh Section Director of Retail Operations Lynn Tomasits. “We have a lot of really savvy shoppers and they are really generous to the NCJW.”

The NCJW Designer Days in the fall will change venues this year, moving from the Monroeville Convention Center to the Consignment store in which the NCJW rents.

“It’s going to bring some people through our home consignment store and showcase our store,” says Glickman. “We are excited to bring people to our actual venue.”

Glickman says moving the venue will also allow 100 percent of proceeds to go back to the NCJW’s initiatives and community service projects since they won’t be renting an event space this year.  The proceeds support community service projects, programming and initiatives benefitting women, children and families throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.

The Home Consignment Store offers a unique opportunity for shoppers to choose from eclectic home furnishings, and is located in the same plaza as NCJW’s Thriftique store. 

For now, the shopping weekend kicks off Thursday, April 24 with the Spring Designer Days Preview Shopping Party, giving guests first access on great deals before the weekend public sale. Cost is $20 at the door and includes food and desserts.

Designer Days continues Friday, April 25 with a preview sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 admission at the door and is open to the public. A two-day free admission public sale follows on April 26-27. Free parking is available throughout the entire weekend. Shoppers will receive coupons to all of NCJW’s stores.

Amanda King

Amanda King is a freelance multimedia journalist whose work can be seen on MSNBC.COM and a number of local publications, from the Post-Gazette to the Beaver County Times. A former journalist for the Bucks...